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Novablast Wurm
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Novablast Wurm
Worldwake

Reviewed February 25, 2010

Constructed: 2.90
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 4.15

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BMoor

Novablast Wurm

It's an outrageous creature to have swing at you. The only problem is, it comes down turn seven and doesn't have haste, so your opponent is definitely going to Path to Exile it, Terminate it, or do whatever he can to it before it gets to attack. If it had shroud, or was in a set of colors that had counterspells, it'd be amazing, sure. But the times where it gets to sweep the board and connect for 7 will be few indeed.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3.75
Multiplayer- 3.75


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Novablast Wurm

I think the nickname for this card should be "Jormungand." After all, its arrival in a duel or free-for-all means the end of the old order and the beginning of several cycles of silence and devastation. And I wouldn't even be surprised to see it at the top tables sometime, as it is one of the few midrange creatures who can effectively attack a Bitterblossom or Vampire Hexmage equipped with Basilisk Collar.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Novablast Wurm

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Novablast Wurm one of the two mythic rare and gold cards from Worldwake. My jaw dropped this far only once before and that was when I saw Progentius. For seven mana you get a 7/7 that wipes all creatures except itself from the board, a Wrath of God effect attached to a powerful creature is an interesting possibility. In standard the only deck I could see it in is a white/ green Eldrazi deck this deck could run Dauntless Escort, having your creatures be indestructible and constantly being able to wrath the board is a powerful proposition. The only downside is the mana cost although you could ramp into this card and monument easily. In extended and eternal I don’t think this card will find a place due to its expensive cost. It may find its way into some wacky decks its power is off the charts. In casual and multiplayer this card is nuts being able to keep everyone’s creatures under control the only downside is it doesn’t even need removal like terror but pacifism keeps it check. Combine this card with Dauntless Escort, Loxdon Hierarch, and the persist creatures from Shadowmoor and your deck practically builds itself. In limited this card is expensive but is a game winning bomb. Grab it if you’re in solid green and white. Overall I feel Novablast Wurm is one of the most powerful cards of Worldwake and it will find a niche even if it’s just around the kitchen table teaming up with Kitchen Finks.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Novablast Wurm which is one of only two gold cards in the current Zendikar block and has a built in Wrath of God effect that leaves it standing. While the mana cost is high it is the same as an Ultimatum and only two colors, making it a little easier to play. As a 7/7 for seven mana the actual body is good for the cost and can do damage quickly enough once the rest of the board is cleared to potentially win a game by itself.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this can be a finisher for a deck, but is best used with some form of protection available for the rest of your creatures to help mitigate the risk of your opponent removing it from the battlefield. Staying in a Green/White or perhaps Bant theme gives Dauntless Escort who can be sacrificed to give all your other creatures Indestructible for the turn Novablast attacks, protecting both it and making the Wrath of God effect almost entirely one-sided. Eldrazi Monument also works for this especially in a Green/White tokens theme which gives fodder for the sacrifices and a viable win condition before Novablast is played. In Extended the Shadowmoor set can add Shield of the Oversoul to the deck or Persist effects like Cauldron Haze, Twilight Shepherd, Heartmender, and Kitchen Finks.

For Limited this is a big bomb that should be drafted highly both as a huge creature and a board clearing effect. It may lock you into two colors, but with one being Green that isn't a particularly difficult position to be in. Even if not playing the colors passing a Mythic that can possibly defeat you elsewhere in the tournament would be a very difficult choice to make as not many cards exist in the format to easily destroy it before the attack when it is vulnerable. Support can include Stirring Wildwood if available as it would be safe from the destruction while a land and is the right colors to help play Novablast. In Sealed if running a Green/White build the slower nature of the format and Landfall ability encourage playing enough lands to reasonably play this during most games.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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